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FAQ'S

International

Domestic 

Application Terms and Cancellation Policy

 


 

International

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP?

We try to minimize your in-country expenses on international trips. The following are general guidelines of services included in your land costs:*

  •  All scheduled restaurant meals
  • Camping expenses
  • Scheduled hotel accommodations
  • Staff and guide services
  • All group gear
  • In-country airport transfers
  • All scheduled activities (museum visits, city tours, etc.)
  • Porter support (with the exception of Aconcagua)  

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP?

  • International airfare
  • Unscheduled restaurant meals
  • Unscheduled hotel nights
  • Items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.)
  • Guide/staff gratuities

* All prices subject to change and some inclusions and exclusions may vary from one trip to another.

 

ARE MY SERVICES DIFFERENT ON A PRIVATE CLIMB THAN ON A REGULAR CLIMB?

In some cases, yes. The costs for a private climb may include professional guiding services only. In that case, all food, equipment, transportation and personal items are not included in the trip cost. 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list. 

 

WILL MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP HAVE AN EQUIPMENT CHECK?

Typically, we don’t have equipment checks for international trips, and you can’t count on finding an outdoor supplier in-country during the days just before a trip begins. Therefore, it’s extremely important you follow the equipment list guidelines and bring every item on the list. If you have any questions concerning any of the items mentioned in the equipment list, please contact us. 

 

CAN I RENT MY GEAR THROUGH MOUNTAIN MADNESS?

Currently we do not rent equipment for our international trips. We may be able to procure some items in the country of destination. Call us for specific information regarding your trip. 

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FULLY SUPPORTED TREK OR CLIMB AND A PORTER SUPPORTED TREK OR CLIMB?

On a fully supported trek or climb, you are responsible for carrying only a daypack. All group gear and equipment, including food, fuel and tents, will be transported for you. Clothing and personal equipment are the responsibility of each participant. On certain trips additional porters may be available at an additional cost. 

 

HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?

A typical daypack on a fully supported trek or climb contains snacks, camera, water and extra clothing and weighs between 15-25 lbs. On porter-supported mountaineering trips, additional cold weather clothes and miscellaneous climbing equipment may increase your load to 20-35 lbs. For unsupported mountaineering trips, climbers will be expected to carry between 40-65 lbs. 

 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO HIRE A PERSONAL PORTER?

Yes, we can arrange to hire a personal porter for your pack. The cost of this service is not included in your land costs. 

 

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED?

In most cases, yes. Usually you can store extra gear and clothing at your hotel. There may be a small charge, but typically it is free. Call Mountain Madness for details regarding your trip. 

 

WHAT KIND OF LODGING CAN I EXPECT?

 

Hotels

Most of our international trips feature first class accommodations in larger cities and towns. Generally, these hotels offer amenities like room service, laundry, etc. We try to find accommodations close to local points of interest, unique shops and colorful markets.

 

Camping

On our treks and climbs we camp "Mountain Madness style. " Our mountaineering courses and smaller scale expeditions are set up to allow for maximum group participation, which allows for additional learning opportunities. On some of our Asia and Africa treks, however, hospitality sometimes trumps participation, and we may deliver hot tea to the foot of your tent. On many of our fully supported treks and climbs, tents will generally be set up for you before you arrive at camp.

 

Huts

Huts are yet another form of accommodation utilized on many of our trips, including Ecuador, Elbrus, and the Alps. Most of the huts are bunk style and have a common eating area. Some of the more deluxe huts have heat, electricity and separate rooms. 

 

CAN I REQUEST SINGLE ACCOMMODATIONS?

All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler. If you prefer single accommodations, we will do our best to arrange it, however, there are some situations where it may not be possible. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee listed on the application. 

 

HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO PARTICIPATE ON A MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIP?

Most of our trips are physically demanding, and your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness. Your trip will be more rewarding if you prepare for it by conditioning properly well in advance. We believe that the best form of training is simulating the activity you are training for, and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier.

For example, walking up hills and stair climbing are excellent ways to condition your lower body, heart and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Then begin taking longer hikes several times a week with a weighted pack. Use water containers for uphill hikes, then empty the contents for the descent to reduce knee stress. Supplement these workouts with running, swimming, bicycling, or other forms of aerobic activity. Additionally, we highly recommend that you incorporate a weight training regime into your training program to build upper-body strength.

Begin your daily training several months prior to your trip. If you have questions, contact Mountain Madness to discuss how best to help you prepare for your trek, course, or climb. 

 

ARE MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIPS RATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY?

Yes. Here’s how we rate our treks and climbs:


Expedition Rating System
 
  • Beginner: no previous mountaineering skills required
  • Advanced Beginner: basic mountaineering skills recommended including self-arrest, cramponing, ice axe use, rope and glacier travel experience
  • Intermediate: basic mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain consisting of 40-50 degree snow/ice slopes.
  • Advanced Intermediate: intermediate mountaineering skills recommended and proven experience on technical terrain and high altitudes to 20,000 feet.
  • Advanced: intermediate/advanced mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain, including rock and ice climbing and ascents over 20,000 feet.

 

Here’s how we rate our porter supported treks:
 
  • Easy: flat terrain.
  • Moderate: varied terrain with elevation gains up to 2,000 feet, 4-6 hours of hiking a day.
  • Moderate/Strenuous: steeper terrain with elevation gains up to 3,000 feet, 5-7 hours of hiking a day.
  • Strenuous: steep terrain, occasional elevation gains of more than 3,000 feet at higher altitudes, 6-8 hours of hiking a day. 

 

DOES MOUNTAIN MADNESS CUSTOMIZE TRIPS?

Mountain Madness loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on 5-10 individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom trip planning, which will be applied towards your trip cost at the time of reservation. Just give us a call and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen. For further information visit the International Custum Trips page.

 

DOES MOUNTAIN MADNESS OFFER FAMILY TRIPS?

Yes. See Family Trips page and or call our office for details, 1-800-328-5925. 

 

I'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH MY SON/DAUGHTER. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?

No, however, we’d like to talk with you about the trip you are interested in and whether it’s right for someone under age 18. 

 

WHAT DAY DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

If you are traveling from the U.S. and taking one of our international trips, you should plan to depart on the first day of the dates we’ve published for the trip and return on the last day we’ve published.

For example, if you were departing from the US and the published dates were October 28 to November 17, you should plan to depart the US on October 28th and schedule your return flight for November 17th. If your country of origin is not the U.S., call us and we’ll help you plan your travel days. 

 

WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES?

Mountain Madness is happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time. 

 

WHO WILL BE PICKING ME UP AND WHERE?

A Mountain Madness guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing. For easy identification, consider wearing your Mountain Madness T-shirt or hat. 

 

WHO WILL MY GUIDES BE?

All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. At a minimum, all of our guides hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Dedicated to the world of alpinism, many of our guides have logged first ascents and successful summits on major peaks from the Cascades to Everest. In addition to their broad scope of personal achievements out in the field, many Mountain Madness guides have educational backgrounds in natural history, cultural anthropology, and language studies that will enhance your overall experience. 

 

SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details. If you decide to tip your American guide (and avoid carrying extra cash), you might consider bringing a blank check that can be made out to Mountain Madness. 

 

WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS EATEN ON A TRIP?
CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE A VEGETARIAN DIET?

All of the meals served on Mountain Madness trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with some specialty items brought from the US. Your guide or your personal cooks are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. In major towns, our groups usually sample regional dishes in the local restaurants. 

 

WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GETS SICK,
WILL I HAVE TO DESCEND/LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY?

Safety is the primary consideration on all Mountain Madness trips. For all of our climbs and courses, participants must remember that they are part of a team and that the safety and security of everyone on the team is more important than any one individual reaching the summit. If the entire group is required to get a team member down, they will be called upon to assist the guides and staff. However, we have a high success rate, in part, because we often hire skilled local guides to assist on summit days, decreasing the client to guide ratio. This offers additional safety and increases everyone's chance for success.

 

WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY TRIP FEELS SICK OR WANTS TO STOP?

During a trek, if someone becomes ill or feels that they do not wish to go any farther, the guides decide whether the person requires an escort for descent (by a local staff or assistant guide) or if he or she can stay put until the group returns. 

 

WILL I BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THE LOCALS ON A MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIP?

Absolutely! Mountain Madness recognizes our trips as physical, scenic, and cultural odysseys into foreign lands, and so we encourage you to interact with the locals. Your Mountain Madness guides are experienced in the proper cultural courtesies and will be able to advise you along the way regarding these considerations. 

 

CAN I GIVE A MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIP AS A GIFT?

Yes. We can provide you with a gift certificate in any amount. 

 

I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A GUIDE, WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN?

At a minimum, all of our guides have extensive climbing resumes, hold current Wilderness First Responder certifications, have participated in our Guide Training Program, and hold related university degrees in areas such as cultural anthropology, language, or natural history. If you're interested in becoming a Mountain Madness guide, feel free to send us your resume. If you're interested in beefing up your resume, a great place to begin might be one of our mountaineering courses or summit climbs. 

 

CAN MOUNTAIN MADNESS HELP ME REACH THE HIGHEST PEAKS ON EACH CONTINENT?

Mountain Madness has designed a Seven Summits package that includes the highest peaks on each continent. Whether you have one or seven to go, Mountain Madness can customize a package to help you reach the top of each continent. Call for more details. 

 

I'M INTERESTED IN YOUR SEVEN SUMMITS PROGRAM.
IS THERE A NATURAL PROGRESSION TO ACCOMPLISHING THIS ENDEAVOR?

With less than 75 people having reached the Seven Summits, it remains an elusive, though obtainable goal. From a technical standpoint each climb offers its own, unique challenges. Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus are great places to embark on this odyssey and represent the less technical climbs of the Seven Summits spectrum. Following Kilimanjaro and Elbrus, a mountaineer typically goes on to climb such greats as Vinson, Aconcagua, Carstensz and Denali. But for most Seven Summiters, Mount Everest is the ultimate achievement, and is obtained only after years of trials and tribulations on lesser mountains. For more information on our Seven Summits Program, please contact us. 

 

RESERVING YOUR TRIP HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP?

There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want. 

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP?

You may register by using our online application which is located as a link on each trip page. For custom trips, a generic online application is used, this application can be found under RESOURCES, Trip Application.

For those who would rather mail or fax an application in to us a PDF is available for download.
Please mail or fax to:

Mountain Madness
3018 SW Charlestown St
Seattle, WA 98126
FAX: (206) 937-1772

 

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE?

$500 for scheduled international trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space. 

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?

For scheduled international trips, an additional $500 is due 120 days prior to departure. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?

If you need to cancel your trip, Mountain Madness must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:

  • More than 181 days from trip departure: $75 fee
  • 180 to 120 days from trip departure: $500 fee
  • 119 to 91 days from trip departure: $1,000 fee
  • 90 days or less from trip departure: 100% of trip cost 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MOUNTAIN MADNESS HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?

If Mountain Madness cancels a trip due to insufficient sign ups, you will receive a full refund. 

 

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE OR EVACUATION INSURANCE?

Mountain Madness highly recommends the purchasing of trip cancellation, travel insurance and medical evacuation policies. Once we have received your application and have confirmed your spot on a trip, we will send you information about the various types of insurance and insurance companies we would recommend. 

 

ARE THE PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHOTO GALLERY
AND THE INTERNATIONAL BROCHURE AVAILABLE FOR SALE?

Yes. If you are interested in purchasing any of the photos Mountain Madness displays in the photo gallery or the international brochure, please contact Mark Gunlogson at 800-328-5925 or via email at markg@mountainmadness.com 

 


 

Domestic

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "SCHEDULED" COURSE OR CLIMB AND A "CUSTOM" ONE?

Custom courses or climbs are booked with your preferences, trip dates, and itinerary mind. The price structure and inclusions/ exclusions are discussed in detail in our “Custom Trips” link on our website. 

Scheduled courses or climbs are offered with fixed dates, prices, and structure. They are booked on a first-come, firstserved basis, and are generally less expensive. These are our core offerings, and constitute well-established and classic objectives. However, we are very excited to explore new terrain and climbs, and welcome your suggestions for new venues or routes.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY SCHEDULED ALPINE COURSE OR CLIMB?

  • Professional guiding and instruction
  • Transportation from Seattle to the trailhead and back.
  • All meals, stoves, fuel, and cooking equipment while on the trip (for summit climbs and customs only; not included for courses)
  • Expedition-proven tents
  • Group climbing gear
  • Campground fees as scheduled for summit climbs and course (not included for custom trips)

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY SCHEDULED ALPINE COURSE OR CLIMB? 

  • Airfare
  • Transportation within Seattle
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Meals, stoves, fuel, and cooking equipment while on courses
  • Guide gratuities
  • Personal climbing gear

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED FOR CUSTOM TRIPS?

Cost Includes:

  • Guide
  • Food while on the mountain for Washington climbs
  • Tents for Washington climbs
  • Group climbing equipment

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Transportation (available in Washington*)
  • Lodging/camping fees
  • Parking permits where needed
  • Food in Nevada and on rock climbs
  • Restaurant meals
  • All personal climbing and camping equipment

*Available at additional cost

 

HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP?

Unfortunately, there is just no way of foreseeing how quickly or which of our trips are going to fill up. It is always in your best interest to send in your application and deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want to join.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP?

The easiest way to sign up is online. The application link is found on the homepage of our website, as well as throughout the various trip pages. You can also mail or fax your completed application to:

Mountain Madness
3018 SW Charlestown Street
Seattle, WA 98126
Fax: (206) 937-1772

We must receive a deposit upon reservation, either by check or credit card, in order to hold your space. Your final balance must be paid by check, money order, or wire transfer.

 

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE?

$300. This includes a $75 non-refundable registration fee. 

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?

For Scheduled Courses and Climbs: Your balance is due 60 days from trip departure. Payable by check, money order or wire transfer.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP? 

If you should decide to cancel your trip, Mountain Madness must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule: 

More than 90 days from trip departure - $75 fee registration fee
89 to 61 days from trip departure - $200 + $75 registration fee
60 to 31 days from trip departure - 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP? 

All date changes must be received in writing along with a new application. There will be a fee of $100 for domestic date changes. Any date change can be extremely difficult and is subject to all additional incurred expenses as assessed by Mountain Madness. Changes will be made at the sole discretion of Mountain Madness. Date changes are for credit only (no refunds) and valid for one year from written change notification.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MOUNTAIN MADNESS HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP? 

In the unlikely event that Mountain Madness must cancel a trip due to insufficient sign ups or other reasons beyond our control, you will receive a full refundby check. However, refunds for expenses incurred by participant, such as airfare, are not possible. For this reason, we strongly suggest participants consider purchase of trip cancellation insurance – see below.

 

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?

Mountain Madness highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance. We recommend Travel Guard International (1-877-248-8992) or www.travelguard.comfor protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you. Once you sign-up for your trip you will receive info about Travel Guard and Global Rescue from our office or you can find a link on the trip page on the website.

 

WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?

We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our Northwest tripsbegin at 6:30 am in Seattle on the first date of your trip. Therefore, you will want to arrive the day 10 before your climb or course begins. Due to the nature of mountaineering, our return time to Seattle on the last day is often unpredictable. We suggest you make a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home on the day following the end of your course or climb.

 

WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES?

No problem. There is a lot to see and do in the Seattle area and we would be happy to recommend our favorite attractions, restaurants, and day trips.

 

WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN SEATTLE?

For our Northwest trips, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express at City Center and Pan Pacific Seattle -both are pickup and departure points. Let them know that you are climbing with Mountain Madness for our special group rate. There are many other hotels nearby to choose from as well and a complete list will be provided with your trip confirmation.

 

HOW DO I GET TO WHERE I NEED TO BE?

For scheduledcourses and climbs, you should fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac). You are responsible for your transportation to downtown Seattle (see suggestions below). Your guide(s) will meet you at either the Pan Pacific or Holiday Inn Express between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. on the first day of your trip. We will then meet as a group at 7 a.m. at the local shop, Second Ascent where we typically hold our orientation meetings and equipment checks. 

 

CAN MOUNTAIN MADNESS HELP BOOK MY AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS?

No, Mountain Madness is not a travel agent, and does not book airfare or hotels. We recommend contacting Pirjo Dehart at CTT Destinations: (425) 831 0367

 

ARE MY SERVICES DIFFERENT ON A CUSTOM TRIP THAN ON A REGULARLY SCHEDULED TRIP?

Yes. The costs for a custom trip include professional guiding services, food, cook gear, tents, and group technical gear. You are responsible for transportation for yourself and your guide(s), as well as camp fees and park passes. Please call our office for details or click “Custom Trips” on our website.

 

WHO WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?

All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven climbing experience, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. At a minimum, all of our guides hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and successful summits on major peaks from the Cascades to Mt. Everest. In addition to their broad scope of personal achievements in the field, many Mountain Madness guides have educational backgrounds in fields such as natural history, environment and wilderness education, and cultural anthropology that can enhance your learning experience. Mountain Madness is accredited with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and many of our guides hold professional certifications with the AMGA in the rock, alpine, and ski disciplines. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA which is the international body of certified mountain guides.

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?

Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary - so ultimately it is up to your discretion, and how satisfied you are with the quality of your trip. Our experience indicates that $15-20a day perperson/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet upon registration. Every year we review our lists and assess feedback from our clients and guides for updating these lists, 11 thus giving you the most complete and up-to-date guidelines for what you need. Every list will come with a description of each itemhowever feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. For a successful trip, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR A COURSE OR CLIMB?

Prior to departing on your trip, our staff will give you a call to discuss the particulars of your course or climb. This typically happens about 10 days out. At this time you can review the equipment you have selected and get their input. Before purchasing any equipment, you are welcome to call Second Ascent at (206) 545 -8810 and ask for recommendations. We know that selecting the right gear can be a challenge and they are happy to help.

 

CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM MOUNTAIN MADNESS?

Mountain Madness has gear available for rent for our Northwest courses and climbs. These items include mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets, a small amount of backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, and trekking poles. Quantities are limited and in highdemand during peak season so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested. We do not rent rock climbing shoes. Please see rental form in this document for pricing.

 

HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?

You will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you will bring. A good rule of thumb is to try to keep your pack weight below 40 pounds, which will allow for extra items to be carried of the group equipment.

 

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED?

In most cases, yes. There maybe the option of storing extra gear and clothing at your hotelbut that is not guaranteed. You will also be able to leave a small amount in our vehicle at the trailhead (such as a change of clothes). We do not, however, recommend leaving valuables at the trailhead. 

 

WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THERE BE ON MY TRIP?

At Mountain Madness, we pride ourselves in preparing great mountain cuisine and we offer this added level of service on our summit climbs and custom trips. Our many years of mountain travel have provided us with time-tested and nutritious meal plans. Be sure to bring along your favorite munchies, energy food, and after dinner treats. If you have specific allergies/preferences, please note that on your application and your guide(s) will provide meals accordingly. 

 

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON MY TRIP? 

Like all large mountain ranges, the Cascades tend to generate and attract theirown weather, making conditions impossible to predict. Typically July, August, and September have the best weather, but optimum or adverse weather can occur at any time. You should be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, from freezing nights and snowy and windy conditions, to bright sunshine intensified by high altitude. These wide fluctuations make it especially important to bring everything on the equipment list. Because our climbs and courses take place in the unpredictable mountain environment, your guides will make decisions regarding the trip itinerary based on current weather and route conditions. Mountain Madness guides willmake every attempt to follow our trip itineraries, but the decision to amend an itinerary is always at the discretion of your guide. If you are unable to reach a summit because of weather or any other reason, Mountain Madness will be unable to provide a refund.

 

WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GES SICK... WILL I LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY?

For all of our climbs and courses, participants must keep in mind that they are part of a team and that the safety and security of a team member is our highest priority. In the unlikely event that the entire group is required to get a team member down, they will be called upon to assist the guides and/or staff.

 

ARE MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIPS RATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY? 

Yes. The following outline indicates how we rate our trips and what the recommendations are for participation on such a climb or trek.

Climbing Grades Defined:

  • Beginner: No previous mountaineering skills required.
  • Advanced Beginner: Basic mountaineering skills recommended including self-arrest, cramponing, ice axe use, rope and glacier travel experience.
  • Intermediate: Basic mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain consisting of 40-50 degree snow/ice slopes.
  • Advanced Intermediate: Intermediate mountaineering skills recommended and proven experience on technical terrain and high altitudes to 20,000 feet.
  • Advanced: Intermediate/advanced mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain, including rock and ice climbing and ascents over 20,000 feet.

 

HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE A PARTICIPATE ON A MOUNTAIN MADNESS TRIP?

All of our courses and climbs are physically demanding, and your ability to enjoy your trip depends on your overall health and fitness. Your trip will be more rewarding for yourself and others if you prepare for it by conditioning yourself properly. We believe that the best form of training is to simulate the activity you are training for and increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. For example, walking up hills and stair climbing are excellent ways to condition your lower body, heart and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Then begin taking longer hikes several times a week with a weighted pack. We suggest that you use containers of water for uphill hikes and empty the contents for the descent to reduce knee stress. Supplement these workouts with running, swimming, bicycling, or other forms of aerobic activity. Additionally, we recommend that you incorporate a weight lifting regime into your training program to build upper-body strength. We suggest that you begin your daily training several months prior to your trip. Please contact Mountain Madness to discuss the creation of a personal training program to help you prepare for your course or climb.

 

I'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH MY SON/DAUGHTER. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?

We will accept participants 15 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, if they are accompanied by a legal guardian. You must be 18 years or older to attend a Mountain Madness trip on your own. We will be happy to ccommodate people under the age of 15 on custom trips only.

 


 

Application Terms and Cancellation Policy

Please read and understand these Policies before submitting your application to Mountain Madness, Inc. (MMI)


Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk, Release and Indemnification

 

In consideration of the services provided by Mountain Madness, Inc., its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, volunteers, participants and all other persons or entities associated with or acting in any capacity on its behalf (collectively referred to as “MMI”), I hereby agree to release, indemnify and discharge MMI, on behalf of myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children, as follows:

1. I acknowledge that trekking, avalanche education courses, canyoneering, skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing and mountaineering entail known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional trauma, injury, paralysis, death or damage to myself, property and/or third-parties. Although MMI has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled guides, I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

The risks include, among other things: the hazards of traveling in uneven mountainous terrain and slips and falls; being struck by rock fall, icefall or other objects dislodged or thrown from above; the use of climbing ropes and equipment; the forces of nature, including lightning, weather changes and avalanche; the risk of falling off the rock, mountain or into a crevasse; the risk of exposure to insect bites; the risk of altitude and cold including hypothermia, frostbite, acute mountain sickness, cerebral and pulmonary edema; my own physical condition; and the physical exertion associated with this activity. Additional dangers may include the hazards of traveling in the Third World; accident or illness in remote places without access to emergency medical facilities; war, terrorism and other forces. I understand that this description of these risks is not complete and that other
unanticipated inherent risks may occur.

Furthermore, MMI has a difficult job to perform. It seeks safety but is not infallible. It might be unaware of my or another participant’s fitness or abilities. It might misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions. It may give incomplete warnings or instructions and equipment being used might malfunction. I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that MMI has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity.

2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity. My participation in the activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.

3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge and agree to indemnify and hold harmless MMI from any and all claims, demands or causes of action which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of MMI’s equipment or facilities including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of MMI.

4. Should MMI or anyone acting on their behalf be required to incur attorney’s fees and costs to enforce this Agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.

5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I further certify that I am willing to assume the risk of any medical or physical condition I may have.

6. I understand that MMI may contract with independent contractors to provide services on the trip or activity, including transportation, travel services and guide services. I understand that MMI has no control over and accepts no responsibility for the actions of any independent contractor involved in providing services on the trip/activity. The laws of the State of Washington will govern this Agreement and I consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts sitting in Seattle, Washington. If there is a dispute between the parties relating to this document, the party substantially prevailing will be entitled to recover all costs and expenses of any subsequent proceedings (including trial, appellate, and arbitration proceedings), including the attorney fees incurred therein. By submitting this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against MMI on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. If any part of this Agreement is deemed unenforceable, all the parts shall be given full affect to the extent possible. I have read and understand it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.

7. Consent to Treatment: I hereby consent to any hospital care or medical or surgical diagnosis or first aid activities with MMI and its agents, if I am not able at that time to give my written consent due to unconsciousness, disorientation or other mental incapacity.  I also understand and agree that I am solely responsible for all appropriate charges for such services and that MMI and its agents are under no duty to provide any first aid or medical treatment in any event.

8. Model Release: I authorize and release to MMI the use of my image in any photograph or video recording for any purpose of MMI.


PARENT’S OR GUARDIAN’S ADDITIONAL INDEMNIFICATION
(Must be completed for participants under the age of 18)
In consideration of (the “Minor”), being permitted by MMI to participate in its trip/activities and to use its equipment and facilities, as the parent or guardian of Minor, I hereby give my permission for Minor to participate in the foregoing and further agree, individually and on behalf of Minor, to the terms of the above and to indemnify and hold harmless MMI from any and all claims which are brought by or on behalf of Minor.

I authorize MMI personnel to call for medical care for the minor or to transport the minor to a medical facility or hospital if, in the opinion of such personnel, the minor needs medical attention. I further authorize appropriate personnel to render such medical treatment as is necessary for the health of the minor, in their professional opinion. I agree that once the minor is in the care of medical personnel or a medical facility, MMI shall have no further responsibility for the minor and I agree to pay all costs associated with such medical care and transportation.

 

Please read and understand these Policies before submitting your application to Mountain Madness, Inc. (MMI)


Payment Schedule


Scheduled International Trips:

  • At time of reservation - $500 (unless otherwise noted), which includes a $75 non-refundable registration fee

  • 120 days from departure - $500 additional will be charged on your credit card

  • 90 days from departure - Balance of trip cost - final payment by check, wire or credit card*

* Payment by wire incurs a $35 wire fee; payment by credit card incurs a 3% convenience fee for US cards and 5% convenience fee for International cards.

  • Non-refundable fees may apply for certain trips for securing permits and other services; notably the Inca Trail and Himalayan peak permits, and Vinson airfare.

Scheduled Domestic Trips:

  • Trips under $500 will be charged in full at time of registration

  • At time of reservation - $300, which includes a $75 non-refundable registration fee

  • At time of reservation for Denali or Logan - $1,500, which includes a $750 non-refundable registration fee

  • 60 days from departure - Balance of trip cost - final payment by check, wire or credit card*

* Payment by wire incurs a $35 wire fee; payment by credit card incurs a 3% convenience fee for US cards and 5% convenience fee for International cards.

  • Denali - 120 days from departure - Balance of trip cost - final payment by check

Late Sign-up & Payment:
Sign-ups within 30 days for domestic trip departures and 60 days for international departures require full payment at time of sign-up by check, wire or credit card*. Should you incur last minute charges for services (e.g. rental equipment) and/or your balance is not paid 15 days prior to trip departure, your credit card will be automatically charged.

* Payment by wire incurs a $35 wire fee; payment by credit card incurs a 3% convenience fee for US cards and 5% convenience fee for International cards.

Date Change Fee Policy:

  • All date changes must be received in writing along with a new application- changes however may not be possible.

  • $100 domestic fee or $200 international fee per date changes.

  • Any change from trip departure can be extremely difficult and is subject to all incurred expenses as assessed by MMI. Change is made at MMI’s discretion.

  • All date changes are for credit only (no refunds) and valid for one year from written change notification and receipt of new application.

  • Change for international trips and Denali must be made more than 90 days prior to trip departure; more than 46 days for domestic trips.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you decide to cancel your trip or change your itinerary, MMI must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date written notice is received. You will be assessed a fee according to the following schedule. If proper written cancellation notice is not received, amounts paid and reservations made will be forfeited. In addition, due to the non-refundable nature of government permits, hotel deposits, etc., MMI must strictly adhere to policies outside MMI’s control. We strongly encourage participants to obtain Trip Insurance.


International Trips:

  • 181 days or more: $75 fee

  • 180 to 120 days from Trip Departure: $500 fee

  • 119 to 91 days from Trip Departure: $1,000 fee

  • 90 days or less from Trip Departure: 100% of Trip Cost


Domestic Trips:

  • More than 90 days from Trip Departure: $75 fee; for Denali: call for details

  • 89 to 61 days from Trip Departure: $300 fee; 90 days or less for Denali: 100% of trip cost

  • 31 to 60 days from Trip Departure: 50% of trip cost

  • 30 days or less from Trip Departure: 100% of Trip Cost

You will be liable for any costs associated with the collection and/or retention of any payments and fees set forth herein, including, but not limited to, legal costs, attorneys' fees, court costs and collection agency fees. The laws of the State of Washington will govern this Agreement and you consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts sitting in Seattle, Washington.

 

CONDITIONS

MMI is not responsible for expenses (e.g. nonrefundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.) incurred by trip members in preparing for cancelled trip, regardless of cancellation reason, or for any additional expenses should the trip members have embarked or returned prior to or after any scheduled date. MMI is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to any deviation from the schedule undertaken by choice of trip participant. Additional unscheduled services not included in trip cost will be charged to participant’s credit card. MMI alone reserves the right to cancel (in accordance with the above terms), or postpone any trip due to acts of man (e.g. war, terrorism, etc.), or forces of nature beyond MMI’s control. Prices are subject to change as a result of forces outside of MMI's control and include, but are not limited to, park fee increases, airline surcharges, and so forth. 

Early Departures: No refunds will be given for participants leaving a trip by personal choice, or by direction of the guide. Unscheduled services such as transportation, meals, hotels, etc., are the responsibility of the participant.

Route Changes: It is possible that a route change due to forces of nature may become necessary on the trip. Route changes will always be at the discretion of the guide. No refunds will be available in the event of any route or itinerary change. Postponement or Delay: Delays and postponements in transportation sometimes occur. MMI cannot be responsible for these at any time. Every effort will be made to minimize any inconvenience, but MMI is not responsible for any additional costs that may arise.

Responsibility: Trip members are responsible for the cost of evacuations. Trip insurance, which includes emergency evacuation coverage, is strongly recommended.

MMI will take every care with client’s baggage and property but is not liable for loss, damage, theft or delayed delivery. MMI acts as an agent for the transport, accommodations, and services of the company supplying this trip. MMI may not be held liable for non-performance of any such supplier.

If the client is not able or willing to assume the above-mentioned risks, the client should purchase trip insurance.

Consent to Treatment: I hereby consent to any hospital care or medical or surgical diagnosis or first aid activities with Mountain Madness and its agents, if I am not able at that time to give my written consent due to unconsciousness, disorientation or other mental incapacity.  I also understand and agree that I am solely responsible for all appropriate charges for such services and that Mountain Madness and its agents are under no duty to provide any first aid or medical treatment in any event.

Consent to Treatment (Minors): I authorize Mountain Madness personnel to call for medical care for the minor or to transport the minor to a medical facility or hospital if, in the opinion of such personnel, the minor needs medical attention. I further authorize appropriate personnel to render such medical treatment as is necessary for the health of the minor, in their professional opinion. I agree that once the minor is in the care of medical personnel or a medical facility, Mountain Madness shall have no further responsibility for the minor and I agree to pay all costs associated with such medical care and transportation.

Trip Cancellation: MMI reserves the right to cancel any trip due to insufficient sign ups, in which case, MMI will provide a full refund.

 

I have read the terms, policies, and conditions of Mountain Madness, Inc and in submitting this application online, I understand and accept them and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children. I also certify that the above information I have provided is accurate.